It's really a shame that the movie of the same name may lead some people to ignore the book or Audible book, because this is a TREMENDOUS audiobook that you can get truly lost in.
Very well narrated, enjoyable but still poop-your-pants-intense. Maybe don't listen to it at work though like I did. A few times I was so engrossed in a story that someone touched my shoulder to get my attention and I nearly screamed.
This is a unique way to write a story, and I've seen it done very rarely but I do enjoy it when it happens........it's a collection of vignettes that focus on a single place and person, but when wound together in your mind they together make up an interesting picture of what's going on (or, in this case, what has gone on in the past). There is no real linear progression and no specific plot; instead the reader or listener gets to learn about the event from different perspectives in the experiences of different people in different situations all over the world who together share one characteristic: they survived the global war against the zombies.
This is a zombie story, but it's not really about the zombies - it's really about the global reaction and action to a deadly contagion that had not ever been imagined, let alone prepared for. Because it's done as a series of interviews, it's perfectly set for an audio production, and the narration (by over three dozen actors) is terrific - in fact, they do a great job of imparting a feeling for a character even though they may speak for no more than 10 or 15 minutes and everything takes place in the past. Actually, I think it's the fact that these are memories and not real-life events that make their stories that much more poignant. Sometimes a book that is a recollection of past events can be stale and uninteresting, but because these are experiences of a war rather than simply telling a past tale, they maintain their emotion and energy.
This turned out to be one of my top audiobook experiences so far.
While this complete version contains the material left out of the original abridged recording (World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War), I didn't find that it added anything particularly compelling.
Don't get me wrong, this is a great book with some great performances (Mark Hamill did an INCREDIBLE job, and I didn't even know it was him until the credits at the end), but -- unlike nearly every other audio book -- I found the abridged version was better by keeping it concise and missing some of the weaker performances.
Had I not listened to the original abridged recording first I may have felt differently, though.
This has the feel of the War of the Worlds radio-cast because of the way it is presented as a documentary.
I normally skip over abridged books, but I"m glad I listened to the reviews and gave this a chance.Because it is presented as a number of NPR-like interviews with survivors, they can cut out some sections without making the story hard to follow. It is a number of different viewpoints of the events surrounding the Z war.I am really surprised how much I like it. The narrator/interviewer has a familiar sounding voice -- I wonder if he may actually be an NPR reporter. And having a different reader for each character interviewed helps to sustain the feeling of real interviews.I have never read the book - only seen the movie, but I can say that it does not feel disjointed at all. I have no qualms about recommending this book -- even to the movie haters!
Most definitely! It may have started out a little slow, but before long I found myself organizing my schedule so I could continue listening.
The author is so knowledgeable about so many things. Not just weapons and war strategy, but human emotion, both good and bad. Unlike so many zombie books that focus on one area, one city, Mr. Brooks takes on the whole world! Canada, Russia, India, Germany, China, South Africa, ect. He made it believable how the zombie war would play out in other areas. Then lets throw in the air shuttles and underwater missions. I wanted more!
Each character in the book has their own reader, which made you had to get used to each of them. The beginning ones may have been a little hard to understand, but once I listened to the book again, I had no problem understanding.
There were so many, I could probably pick one from each story, but I can't stop thinking of the young girl sounding like the sirens and moaning zombies.
Because this was abridged, I got the book from the library. Since I have a young child, reading an actual book is a luxury. I got half way through and didn't notice much difference. A conversation here and a paragraph there. Nothing that stood out. I absolutely loved this book and was thinking that I missed some of the characters stories or whole characters were removed. Nope. I guess I was just hoping for another book of short stories.
Also the movie, be it a good zombie movie, only shares the title and the Israeli quarantine. Nothing else stands out.
The only thing I do more than read is drive, so maybe I should start listening to audiobooks?
I loved the voice actors. This is my first audiobook in awhile and now I don't even know what to listen to now because it was so good and nothing will ever be the same now. All the characters were so alive! This was especially important because of the nature of the book. World War Z: an Oral History of the Zombie War is the full title, so naturally, the best way to read this book is via the audiobook. I have neither read the book or seen the movie, so unfortunately I don't know how it compares.
You know when you're in the car and you're trying to listen to the news but they're doing a special on the most boring thing you've ever heard of? This is the opposite of that. It's pretend journalism. So it's always interesting! And you may find yourself driving past your exit or running an extra mile (or two. extra fast. zombies are coming!) because you're so invested in the story.
Yes, but then I made myself stop and it made the world of the story a little harder to dive back into. I'm not sure if the book was actually this unbalanced, but I've always had a hard time with short stories because I like to follow one characters journey instead of stories of people who tell a bigger story...which is what this does. I think a one sitting listen might be a better way to listen to it.
Sci-fi and survival horror are my favorites as long as they are not overly emotion drenched (no love stories!).
The unabridged version has some great gap fillers that flesh out other things you hear in the presentation. I have listened to this book a half dozen times and I keep coming back to it.
I have to admit, I downloaded this audio book because I so enjoyed the movie so much (I've seen it twice so far :). But as Max Brooks has been quoted to say, the only thing in common between the book and the movie, is the title. And he is so not wrong! That said, I don't think I would've downloaded the book, unless I liked the movie as much as I did. And I so appreciated both versions so much on their own merit. The movie is a blockbuster, in the edge of your seat thriller, and the book is an awesome narrated piece of literature. In conclusion, you can enjoy the movie and enjoy the book and be pleasantly surprised by both!
...where "complete" apparently means double the length of the last audio version, but still abridged. Usually I'd knock off a star for such shenanigans, but as this is such a good book in every other respect, I'll let that slide.
I do love a good disaster story, but to my mind, the best sci-fi--and indeed the best fiction--examines some aspect of the human condition and questions it. This book delivers that by examining the very human condition itself. It's absolutely gripping, and oh, the audio production!
As if the story wasn't enough, the 40-strong cast is a who's who of vocal prowess. Some voices are instantly recognizable--Nathan Fillion, Alan Alda, René Auberjonois, Parminder Nagra, Masi Oka, John Turturro--and somehow this only adds to the power of their stories. Some voices, like those of Alfred Molina and Simon Pegg, tickle at the back of the brain. Many more are wonderfully unrecognizable. And then there's the incomparable Mark Hamill, who in one line manages to convey some of the rawest emotion in a book that's filled with no shortage of breath-taking moments. This book is, quite simply, art.
It's worth reading in any format, but if you've ever wondered what the audiobook fuss is all about, listen to this.
First let me start off by saying I wasn't sure what the book was going to be about. The title led me to believe that it was a story about fighting zombies, and getting into the thick of battle. I didn't know this was going to be a book of interviews. I was extremely disappointed; I kept waiting for the "action" to start. I wanted more; I wanted a story about survival. A story of close escapes and characters ripped from the pages by zombies. I wish I would have had a bit more information prior to getting this book, because had I know it was hours and hours of interviews I would have skipped this book.